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New Takata air bag recall to cover 5 million U.S. vehicles

Takat air vag recallU.S. regulators on Friday announced a new recall of about 5 million vehicles with potentially defective Takata Corp air bags, covering some automakers not previously affected by one of the biggest auto safety recalls in U.S. history.

The new action brings to 28 million the number of Takata air bag inflators recalled and increases the number of vehicles affected in the United States to as many as 24 million, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.


Georgia grand jury indicts police officer for murder of black man

Georgia cop indicted for murder of black manA grand jury indicted a white police officer on Thursday for felony murder and other criminal charges in the shooting death of an unarmed, naked black man at an apartment complex near Atlanta last March.

The charges come as prosecutors face increased scrutiny over how they treat cases of police use of deadly force, particularly against minorities. The Black Lives Matter movement, sparked by police killings of unarmed black men since 2014, has focused attention on race and policing.


Petco, PetSmart supplier accused of torturing, freezing live animals

Petco supplier tortured, froze animalsThis is way beyond animal cruelty.

Thousands of furry creatures at a Pennsylvania Petco supply farm were frozen and gassed inside buildings that reeked of urine and feces.

"Their screams could be heard across the room," a report by PETA states.

Petco, PetSmart and Pet Supplies Plus, received pets such as hamsters, rabbits, gerbils, chinchillas and ferrets from Holmes Farm, where the small animals were stored in plastic bins and stacking in filing cabinet-style drawers, according to PETA.


Email dump: Michigan officials tried to shift blame in Flint water crisis

Flint official shift blame in emailsA newly released batch of emails about the high levels of lead in the Flint, Mich., water supply indicate top officials looked to shift blame away from the state and a growing concern with the public image of the situation.

In an email to Gov. Rick Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and other state officials, then chief of staff to the governor, Dennis Muchmore, said Flint residents were using the issue of lead exposure as a "political football claiming the departments are underestimating the impacts on the populations and particularly trying to shift responsibility to the state."


Sex abuse scandal rocks exclusive New England prep school

 Sex abuse scandal rocks exclusive New England prep schoolFor more than a century, St. George's School has been part of the pedigree of some of America's richest and most influential families. Astors, Vanderbilts and Bushes have attended the exclusive boarding school, where students can go sailing, play on world-class squash courts or simply enjoy a sweeping view of the sea from the hilltop campus.

But since at least the 1970s, leaders at St. George's kept a secret.


"Go home": Oregon militia standoff leader jeered at town meeting

Oregon standoff town meetingThe leader of an armed group who took over a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon weeks ago joined hundreds of area residents at a tense community meeting - listening quietly as many loudly chanted at him to "go!"

Ammon Bundy, who has been trying to drum up support for his cause, didn't speak at Tuesday night's meeting in Burns where residents discussed the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge which began earlier this month.


Track Palin Charged With Assault, Weapon Possession While Intoxicated

Track PalinThe oldest son of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been arrested in a domestic violence case in which his girlfriend was afraid he would shoot himself with an AR-15 assault rifle.

Court documents say 26-year-old Track Palin is charged with assault, interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime and possessing a weapon while intoxicated in connection with the incident Monday night at the Wasilla home of his parents, where he lives.


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